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|Soon to attempt raising Angelfish....some guidance, please|
For over a year, I've had a pair of Angels that lay eggs dependably about every 2 weeks. But they are in a community tank with lots of hungry fish....so the babies always get eaten.
When I have all the water and filter cycling done enough to move the pair into a 20g tank by themselves, with a breeding slate, I will see if any survive hatching and live.
I attempted to hatch baby brine shrimp in a previous attemp, but found it more of and involded complicated process than I want to take one again. SO this time...I want to use Hikari First Bites fry food. Is that good?
How would I feed the tiny fish with the tiny food in a "comparatively large"(compared to the babies)20 gallon tank? Wouldn't the food just disperse everywhere making it hard for the fry to find?
I could use some advance guidance on this process, please?
(I have no money for other tanks to separate the babies to raise....I guess I'll put the parents back in the community tank they came out of, while the babies grow. This...if successful will be my only Angelfish breeding. I next will attempt breeding Bolivian Rams in the tank)
Again....will Hikari first bites work as the fry's first food?
|Posted 23-Jun-2008 19:44|
Lord of the Beasts
Get the nitrate levels spick and span when the eggs are laid, and then try to hold off on the water changes for at least the first week to a fortnight, fry arent fond of changes , its often more shock than their little bodies can take, and when you do changes the temps must be degree accurate. Keep the fry tank heavily planted and there will pretty much always something to eat, infusoria and aufwuchs will settle on leaves and the fry will forage. Hikari first bites are fine but baby cichlids are tiny, there really needs to be some in tank fauna for the vast majority to do really well, if your one of those people afraid to let the food break down a little who overcleans the fry are easily starved. The first bites will suit them about a week to two weeks in , but prior to that they do besyt on ber tiny foods, and sometimes that grotty old bit of bogwood covered in moss and algae can be a fry lifesaver, festooned as it is with numerous edible micro-organisms.
Overfiltering without too much flow tends to help too. Big media beds are the answer.
|Posted 23-Jun-2008 23:27|
i concur with lhg - as i often do!
the best thing to do for the bubs is to stack that tank with as much moss and other places for life to grow as possible - i've seen set-ups with moss on branches so it's higher in the water column. let the tank really settle so there is as much micro-life as possible. this will really improve your chances of keeping some bubs alive.
|Posted 24-Jun-2008 11:18|
Ultimate Fish Guru
Asian Hardfeather Enthusiast
id be worried at the height of that tank for angelfish, no?
Vertical slate works well - as do amazon swords
|Posted 25-Jun-2008 09:12|
Lord of the Beasts
Plus the larger the tank the more microfauna youll be able to produce without the water quality bombing out. Larger fry aquaria generally are more successful.
Angelfish are real swines for dwarfing too, and if you have dozens survive, then it helps if their development isnt impeded by small volumes before they have a chance to be rehomed or sold. Overcleaned and undersized fry raising aquaria are half the reason lots of angelfish, severum and discus stock are often so poor in shops. They never really come back from early developmental damage, youll always get smaller sizes, and increased rates of dropsy under seriously slow or dwarfed development.
Taken seriously, fry raising is a bit of a responsibility, some consideration should always go to the potential of the adults to come.
|Posted 26-Jun-2008 04:11|
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